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Offline SilvrStar21

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symphony performance
« on: March 31, 2002, 06:23:52 AM »
I'm 17, female, and performing a piano concerto with a symphony for the first time. I am extremely excited, but I do have one seemingly minor detail that is turning into quite a dilemna...I can't figure out what to wear! :-/

I haven't had much experience, nor have I seen very many female pianists perform with symphonies before, thus leaving me a bit hesitant as far as the "dress code" is concerned. Is wearing all black a definite no-no (since the orchestra and piano is black already)? Is it better to wear short/long sleeve? No open backs? Simple/sophisticated? An evening-look, prom-look, bridesmaid-look or medieval princess-look? (ha-just kidding) *sigh* I think choosing a dress is more complicated than playing the piano.

Anyhow, I'd really appreciate any input. Thanks.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #1 on: April 02, 2002, 09:52:32 PM »
Well, SilvrStar21, I'm a male and am probably not the best authority on these things.  However, I attended a competition recently (as an observer) for college age students.  They were competing for an opportunity to play with the local symphony, so the conductor and some members of the symphony were part of the jury.  There were numerous female performers in the competition.  They apparently were asked to dress as though they were playing with the symphony because they all wore formal dressware in every piece.  As I recall the women wore a variety of outfits, including all black dresses, short sleeve and long sleeve, and various length hems.  Not being female I have no idea how the different outfits affected their playing, if at all, but they all looked professional on stage.  Have you thought about calling the local symphony office (in whatever large city is nearest you) and asking them for advice?  I'm sure they would be very helpful.  I have to admit, the medieval princess-look would make quite a stir.

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #2 on: April 20, 2004, 12:14:55 AM »
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I'm 17, female, and performing a piano concerto with a symphony for the first time . . .


. . . with a 'symphony'? Did you mean an orchestra?

Anyway, although this reply is way too late as a suggestion, I would always dress comfortably and decently, without any hindrance to the performance.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #3 on: April 20, 2004, 12:31:17 AM »
I can respect people who dig up fossils, but people who dig up old pianoforum threads?

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #4 on: April 20, 2004, 12:40:47 AM »
LOL

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #5 on: April 20, 2004, 01:17:41 AM »
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I can respect people who dig up fossils, but people who dig up old pianoforum threads?


quite
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #6 on: April 20, 2004, 01:29:48 AM »
rather

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #7 on: April 20, 2004, 01:41:54 AM »
indeed
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #8 on: April 20, 2004, 01:50:33 AM »
indubitably

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #9 on: April 20, 2004, 01:53:49 AM »
the cromulence is moderately evident.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #10 on: April 20, 2004, 02:00:34 AM »
how eloquently put

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #11 on: April 20, 2004, 02:05:35 AM »
when eggs lay chickens, you will rise upon my turgid manhood and sail the oceans of my fertile liquified masculinity.
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«Reply #12 on: April 20, 2004, 02:20:47 AM »
Oh comme.....
You must have been spawned from the rancid anus of Lucifer.

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #13 on: April 20, 2004, 02:25:53 AM »
comme on, vent your frustrations

and you nad, were spawned from the flaccid gut of christ.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #14 on: April 20, 2004, 02:42:53 AM »
nadine, your comments scorch the arrid wasteland of my once beating heart.

without you, i would only be a servant to the vessel which guides my soul, for this antiquity you have blessed me with, i am cromulently grateful.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #15 on: April 20, 2004, 02:48:09 AM »
i must add, that within the bounds of my own thoughts, i feel that i am an inexorably superior being to all those who lay before me.
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«Reply #16 on: April 20, 2004, 02:56:50 AM »
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i feel that i am an inexorably superior being to all those who lay before me.



Oh well,
in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed is king.

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #17 on: April 20, 2004, 03:08:09 AM »
and in the kingdom of the inanely stupid, nadine is king.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #18 on: April 20, 2004, 03:38:09 AM »
Is that weak and absolutely not sensible comment all you have left?  ::)
Fair enough, you're not the superior being you think you are, I RULED you  ;D  :P

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #19 on: April 20, 2004, 03:41:24 AM »
i was attempting to delineate your thought pattern into thinking you might just be a being of comparable character to mine.

by posting stupid comments i invariably make you seem the superior party. but this is just an illusion, for i am god of all, and god of YOU.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #20 on: April 20, 2004, 03:46:09 AM »
You both revolutionize the definition of jackass.

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«Reply #21 on: April 20, 2004, 03:47:08 AM »
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i was attempting to delineate your thought pattern into thinking you might just be a being of comparable character to mine.


I know who can be compared to you. Miss Piggy, from the Muppet Show.

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by posting stupid comments i invariably make you seem the superior party. but this is just an illusion, for i am god of all, and god of YOU.


You're getting rather pathetic. Stop, while you have some dignity and integrity left.

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #22 on: April 20, 2004, 03:48:57 AM »
you should be thankful for we jackasses, for without us, you wouldnt seem quite so unjackassy.

when my kingdom falls, i shall crown you emperor!!!!
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«Reply #23 on: April 20, 2004, 03:51:30 AM »
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Stop, while you have some dignity and integrity left.


this implies that i had some dignity and integrity to start with, and you are very foolish to think such things.
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #24 on: April 20, 2004, 03:53:21 AM »
It's bewildering how big of a drama queen you are. Do you still wonder what drove the great "Ed" to madness?

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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #25 on: April 20, 2004, 04:04:08 AM »
yes, ill admit im a drag queen. and yes ed left  and became insane because he couldnt cope with my competition, isnt it obvious?
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #26 on: April 20, 2004, 06:26:01 AM »
Damn Comme you sure do know how to boost your post count!!!!!!  ;)

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«Reply #27 on: April 20, 2004, 04:41:27 PM »
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Damn Comme you sure do know how to boost your post count!!!!!!  ;)

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quite  ;)
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Re: symphony performance
«Reply #28 on: April 21, 2004, 05:21:08 AM »
I daresay some buttered scones and tea seem like a rather fine combination of tasty comestibles for the moment, chaps!
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